“Here’s a list of top smartphones that you can purchase without burning a hole in your pocket”

Brands like Xiaomi and Motorola have blazed a new trail in the Indian smartphone market by bringing powerful devices at budget-friendly prices. Now more and more brands have forayed into the affordable segment in recent times. But that also means that choosing a phone in this category won’t be going to be an easy task. In case you are looking for your next smartphone purchase, we have done the grunt work and made it easier for you. Here’s a list of top smartphones that are available under Rs 12,000. 

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1


Flipkart recently entered into a strategic partnership with ASUS to launch India-centric smartphones. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes as the debut launch under this collaboration and brings forth stock Android, dual rear cameras and a beefy battery. It ships with a 6-inch full HD+ display. Running the show is a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, coupled with 3GB RAM in the base model. For imaging, there’s a pair of cameras at the back, with a primary 13MP sensor and 5MP secondary camera. At the front, it gets an 8MP selfie shooter with LED flash. Powering the phone is a massive 5,000mAh battery.

Related read: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 review 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 


Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 comes with a similar spec sheet as the Redmi Note 4 (review) with the main difference being a bezel-less design. The smartphone ships with a 5.99-inch display bearing a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels. There’s a 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor ticking at its core, which is paired with 3- or 4GB of RAM. For imaging, it offers 12MP primary shooter and 5MP selfie camera with LED flash. The smartphone boots MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat. Other features include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a powerful 4,000mAh battery.

In case you’re a selfie aficionado, you can go for the Xiaomi Redmi Y2, which ships with the same processor and display, while offering a powerful 16MP front shooter and dual-camera setup at the back as well. On the flipside however, the phone comes with HD+ resolution and a smaller 3,080mAh cell.

Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review | Xiaomi Redmi Y2 review

Honor 9 Lite

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The Honor 9 Lite is one of the few smartphones in the Indian market to offer quad cameras and a premium glass sandwich design in the budget segment. The smartphone ships with a nearly bezel-less 5.65-inch full HD+ display. The performance of the handset is handled by a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor. There is a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup on the rear panel and the same configuration on the front as well. The secondary cameras on both setups are depth-sensing units and enable bokeh or portrait imaging. The phone ships with EMUI v8.0, which is based on the latest Android Oreo operating system. For power requirements, there is a 3,000mAh battery under the hood.

Related read: Honor 9 Lite review

RealMe 1


OPPO has an impressive offline presence, and it recently launched its online-exclusive sub-brand called RealMe to go up against the likes of Xiaomi. The debut smartphone from the new brand – the RealMe 1 brings a loaded spec sheet to the table. The RealMe 1 comes with a 6-inch full HD+ display and is backed by the MediaTek Helio P60 processor. As for cameras, it offers a 13-megapixel shooter on the back with LED flash and an 8-megapixel front camera. Other features of the handset include Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS, face recognition and 3,410mAh battery.

Related read: RealMe 1 review

Moto G6 Play


Motorola recently launched its sixth-generation G-series smartphones in the Indian market. These are also the first G-series handsets to come with a glass-sandwich design along with the tall 18:9 display. The most affordable of the lot, the Moto G6 Play comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ display and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. There is a 13-megapixel camera module on the rear and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone boots stock Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and draw power from a 4,000mAh battery. The fingerprint scanner is embedded in the batwing logo at the rear panel.

This concludes our list of top smartphones, which offer a perfect balance between performance and price. Which one of these would you pick as your next smartphone? Let us know in the comment box below.

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